Fringe Review Season 3 “The Firefly” – Ratings Analysis with Show Runner Video AND Nimoy’s Return!


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The mid-season episode “Firefly” was spectacular.  Fringe has a new home on Friday nights.  This has some fans worried, but it is a misnomer that Friday night is the graveyard of all television shows as we discuss below once again.

Click to visit Warner Brothers Studios!Wormholeriders News Agency published an excellent story wherein Kenn analyzed some time ago that Fringe would do better in terms of ratings on Friday night’s than the series had on Thursday evenings. Click to visit 20th Century Fox television!

This became fact to when the series show runners shared the news, stating the very same thing today which you can view here.

As WHR has stated before, so long as the ratings hold up, season four of Fringe is a virtual certainty as reported previously. Speaking of the ratings, lets review the facts shall we?

Fringe Ratings January 21 2011 TV By The NumbersFringe S3x10 Ratings 9 PM Slot - TV By The Numbers
Click to visit TV By The Numbers!The facts are clear. Fringe captured the highest share in the critical target groups of 18 to 49 and 18 to 34. These factors are what advertisers and the studios value to a very high degree. If you need to understand ratings please visit Nielsen and or TV By The Numbers. Click to visit Neilsen Ratings Service!

We would also suggest reading an excellent article written by Craig Engler of Syfy that he recently posted on BLASTER to understand the intricate nature of ratings and their impact on whether television series are renewed or not. I think you will find the article most illuminating. Click to learn more about ratings at Blastr!

Lastly we would also recommend reading some extremely exciting news for Fringe! What news? Leonard Nimoy will be returning to Fringe as William Bell! (courtesy of BLASTER).

Fringe - Over There - Gate activateion by William Bell

Exposition and Recap:

Season three of Fringe is all about choices, and “The Firefly” addresses the consequences of Walter Bishop’s (John Noble) choice to take Peter from the other side.  This episode also puts emphasis exactly how much Walter has changed and his character has grown.

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William Bell removed a part of Walter’s brain years ago to keep him from remembering his past.  Walter Bishop is reminded of this in the beginning of “Firefly”.  He is self-administering a drug that is suppose to help him remember things from his past. The question is will it work and what will be the ultimate results?

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Walter administers drug

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Walter administers drug

Peter Bishop (Joshua Jackson) reminds Walter that Bell removed part of his brain because Walter asked him to so he didn’t remember what he was becoming.  This ties into the end of the episode and is a very important statement.

We have a very special guest star this week on FringeChristopher Lloyd guest stars as Roscoe Joyce. He played in Walter’s favorite band in the 70’s.  Lloyd does an outstanding job as an elderly man in a nursing home with a touch of dementia.  He is visited by his dead son Bobby, and this is where the Fringe team meets Roscoe Joyce.  By the end of the episode, Roscoe and Walter have become friends and bond as fathers who have lost their sons.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Christopher Lloyd as Rosco

I have seen most of Christopher Lloyd’s movies and I fondly remember him as Doc in Back to the Future.  I can honestly say this is my favorite character and performance by Christopher Lloyd.  The last thing Roscoe said to Walter is “Bring me a strawberry milkshake and I will play some piano for you”.  I hope this means that Christopher Lloyd will visit the Fringe set again.

Olivia (Anna Torv) experiences several awkward moments with Peter.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Olivia and Peter

Anna Torv does an exceptional job, as usual, of portraying the difficulty Olivia has with Peter and the other Olivia’s relationship.  I cannot help but think that she is jealous of the openness that Peter and the other Olivia shared. Of note is a book that Peter had given to Alt-Livia which crushes “our” Olivia. Peter’s moments with Olivia are tender when he shares that the book was for her, not Bolivia.

Peter admits in this episode that he had opened up to the other Olivia and that is something new and difficult for him.  There is also a sense of loss surrounding the whole relationship between the two of them.  I don’t think we can predict where this relationship will go, but I believe the relationship between Peter and the other Olivia satisfied the viewers desire to see Olivia and Peter together.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Will Olivia become happy again?

In “Firefly” there is an orchestrated chain of events that all lead back to one thing, Walter’s choice.  The observers are back in this episode, and the observer “September” takes Walter on an emotional ride forcing him to make the ultimate choice at the end of this episode.  We are introduced to Roscoe Jenkins who has lost his son 25 years ago.  We learn that his son, Bobby, who has been dead for 25 years visited him that night.

The next event happens as a group of men are robbing a jewelry store.  The clerk is bound and her mouth taped.  She is having an asthma attack.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Asthmatic

The observer stops the robbery and quickly goes to the aid of the woman having the asthma attack.  He gives her a puff of her inhaler, but he takes her inhaler with him.  At this point, I realized the inhaler was significant. The observers are then “observed” talking.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Observers

September said “I have set things in motion”.  He said he believes Walter has changed.  It is at this moment that I realize the observers are testing Walter.  It was still not clear as to why they were testing him or what that inhaler had to do with anything!

September then meets with Walter and they go for a walk. He tells Walter that “every action causes ripples”.  He tells the story of the firefly to Walter.  He said that when he pulled Walter and Peter from the lake he caused a chain reaction.  Peter (later that summer) caught a firefly that another girl was meant to catch.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Walter and September

Because that girl did not catch the firefly, she stayed out late and this caused her father to come searching for her.  Her father was driving in the rain and he skidded through a red light and ran over someone and killed them. September tells Walter that this interference has upset the balance.  He gives Walter a warning “When the time comes, give him the keys and save the girl”.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Give him the keys
Walter returns to the lab and Roscoe tells him that he remembered something that Bobby had told him in their last conversation before he died.  He called his father on the phone to tell him of a dream he had.  He told Roscoe he had a dream that his father was old and in a nursing home and a bald man had brought him to see his father.  It was at this moment that Roscoe told Walter that Bobby had been killed by a man driving a truck that skidded through a red light.  Walter makes the statement “That man lost a son because I was unwilling to lose mine”.

Fringe S3x10 The Firefly - Unwilling to save mine

The next scene in the episode is the single most important scene to me.  The asthmatic clerk is in a police car and Olivia and Peter are following them.  Walter is on the phone with Peter when the observer runs into the police car.  Walter rushes to the scene.  The clerk has another asthma attack but because the observer took her inhaler she is in distress.  Peter asks his father to give him the keys and go help the girl.

Fringe S3x10 The FireFly - Walter and Peter

This is the point that I understood why the observer had taken the inhaler and what he meant by his comments to Walter.  Walter choses to give Peter the keys and help the clerk.  Just before the observer shoots Peter with his “magic air gun” as Peter called it, he tells peter “It must be very difficult being a father”.

At the end of the episode the observers are standing outside of Walter’s house and they are discussing the events that have occured.  September said “He has changed.  He was willing to let his son die”.  The other one said “When the time comes he will be willing to do it again”.

Fringe S3x10 The FireFly - Observers disscussion at end

What does this test mean?  The observers set up an elaborate chain of events just to see if Walter would give Peter the keys, risking Peter’s life, to save an asthmatic clerk.  Why would they do this?  It has something to do with the picture that Peter saw with him and a device in it that was suppose to destroy the world.  Perhaps there will come a time when Walter has to make the decision to save the world or to save Peter’s life again.

This episode also put emphasis on Walter’s change as a person.  Did Walter change simply because William Bell removed parts of his brain? Season 3 of Fringe has been about choices.  If you read my last Fringe article about the Parallel Worlds of Fringe, I talked about how anything that can happen does happen.

Remember that It just occurs in a different parallel world.  At that moment in the time  line Walter asked William Bell to remove part of his brain, he became the caring Walter that we love on the show.  In another parallel world, Walter didn’t make the decision to have part of his brain removed and he evolved in the evil Walternate.

Fringe - Over There Walternate

At some point, these men were the same person as far as brain tissues were concerned. The question are; what does Walter have missing that Walternate still has and will Walter regain his lost memories? And when and if Walter does regain his memory, will he become more like Walternate? I hope not!

Fringe S3x10 The FireFly - The Walter we love

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I dreamed of being an astronaut or a astronomer because I loved looking at the stars and planets. It wasn't long after I started university that I found out I could not do the math that was required to get a degree in astronomy. So, I settled for something more realistic and just decided to watch and learn about the heavens on television. Bio Questions and Answers 1. Handle/Screenname: Redone68 for Wormholdriders and Twitter. Most peoople call me Red and that also works. 2. Education/Awards/Etc: Associates in behavioral science. Let's see awards, does band nerd count?! Lots of awards in music which is my first love. 3. Favorite Stargate characters: My favorite Stargate Universe characters would have to be Dr. Rush and Eli. I like brains what can I say! A close runner up would have to be Chloe. My favorite SGA characters would have to be Dr. Rodney McKay and Lt. Colonel John Sheppard. 4. Favorite Actresses: #1 is Evangeline Lilly. I also like Anna Torv, Ming-Na, Emily Deschanel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Kathy Bates, Meryl Streep, and Meg Ryan. I'm sure the list could be a lot longer, but these are the actresses I watch regardless of the role they are playing. 5. Favorite Actors: Josh Holloway...yes ladies...Josh Holloway!! The rest are Joe Flannigan, David Hewlett, John Noble, Robert Carlyle, David Blue, and Harrison Ford. There are lots more but I could spend all day listing them. 6. Favorite Band/Performers: I am a classic rock junkie! Anything classic is good and my favorite is Led Zeppelin. New stuff is good too. I like Stone Sour, Black Label Society, Disturbed, and even Metallica. With me louder and faster is better! 7. Hobbies: I love outdoors so one of my favorites is camping. It's been a family vacation for 35yrs. I also love to fish but never get to go. Hiking is another thing I like to do when I get to. I do some painting but nothing you would pay money for. 8. Pets: I have a cat named Chloe, yes that Chloe. 9. What's your theme song?: I've never really given this much thought. I can relate to many songs during the course of one week. Today I could say "Another One Bites the Dust". Tommorow maybe a little different. 10. If you could have a sidekick, who would it be?: I'll go off into fantasy land and say Sawyer from "Lost" just because he is so tough and sexy. In real life my everyday sidekick is my son. He's my buddy. 11. Favorite Food: Junk food 12. What would you keep in a utility belt?: Tools of course! 13. Favorite Stargate Episode: I can't really say. I enjoyed the movie but didn't start watching the show until Atlantis. 14. Favorite Stargate Atlantis Episode: All of them. There isn't one that I don't love. This comes from the heart. I have watched the reruns over and over and never skip one! 15. Favorite Stargate Universe Episode: Again, I love all the episodes for this show as well. If I had to pick one this season that I would watch an infinite number of times it would be "Human". 16. Favorite Fringe Episode: All of them! 17. Favorite Caprica Episodes: The first episode was the one that i've enjoyed the most. I watch all of them and enjoy them all, but the pilot was great! 18. What was your sci-fi gateway?: I watched the original "Star Trek" with my mother when I was young, but I didn't get into it until "Star Wars". Yeah, I was a huge fan. I was even in the "Star Wars" fan club. That made me an official nerd! 19. What's under my bed?: A monster i'm sure of it! 20. Favorite TV shows (not Stargate): Lost, Fringe, Caprica, Deadliest Catch, Paranormal State, and Bones. Must see all of them! 21. What is your dream job?: Oncologist because I would love to join the fight against cancer. If I could go back 20yrs and start my education over, I would definately be a healer. 22. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?: On a beach somewhere. I'm not picky. I just need sun and fun! 23. If your life could be written by any author who would it be and what genre?: Easy Stephen King because 1. I love him and 2. my life seems pretty scary at times. I believe King gave away the genre. If not, horror would definately be the genre. I am exaggerating a little of course, but some days seem kinda mad. 24. Favorite movies: "Star Wars", "Empire Strikes Back", the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, "Gone with the Wind", "Hellraiser", and all the Indiana Jones movies. 25. What are your goals/dreams/aspirations for This is going to be something I enjoy and I hope that the readers get some enjoyment out of what I write as well.

5 thoughts on “Fringe Review Season 3 “The Firefly” – Ratings Analysis with Show Runner Video AND Nimoy’s Return!

  1. Thank you Kenn! It was a great episode to write about. I was excited to find out that Leonard Nimoy would be back. When they killed “Belly” off I wasn’t sure we would see him again. What was I thinking?! We are talking parallel universes here! Also, thank you for your guidance Kenn. It is appreciated. 🙂

  2. Thank you Melinda! John Noble is a very talented actor and I love him in anything he does. He does an excellent job portraying Walter as a caring vulnerable father. You can clearly see why he did what he did to save Peter all those years ago.

  3. Hey Sandra,

    Super news about Leonard Nimoy. I have often stated he would return since he indicated that if J.J. Abrams asked he would indeed return. The article you wrote is excellent. Good exposition and theoretical questions. Many thousands of reads numbering at ~15,000 in less than 20 hours. Great job!

    Best Regards,

  4. ACES! Loved it! 🙂 You raise some good questions! Where will Walter’s conscience take him and what will he do if faced with having to make the ultimate choice? The Observer niggles at my brain as what his agenda is and what is his purpose. Loved your report! *HUGS* Yay! ^__^

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